Crossover is my MICA MFA Curatorial Thesis Project. It is set to be realized in March of 2019 at Gallery CA in Baltimore, Maryland. This art exhibition is about how Globalization has affected one's personal identity through the perspective of 4-6 contemporary artists, including Beth Lo, Hung-Chang Huang, Adam Chau, and Sicheng Wang.
It tells the story of crossing time, space, and cultures to find harmony. What happens when one chooses to cross over the boundary of their comfort zone and walk into the unknown? The story begins with the artists who carry a Chinese heritage, born in Asia or in America, and the different ways they navigate through and balance their East-West identity. Then it crosses over to artists from different cultural backgrounds who explore diversity and intercultural relations. Through ceramics, painting, calligraphy, digital media, and participatory art, Crossover celebrates hybrid identities and encourage intercultural and intergenerational friendships.
My program has given me a small budget, but it is not enough to cover the fees for my show. I am kindly asking for donations with the goal of $3000. More than half of this money will go towards the shipping fee of the artwork. I will collaborate with local Baltimore schools to bring their students to the gallery for tours and workshops, so more artwork will benefit the students' education and help them build a cultural understanding and compassion from a young age. The other half of this money will go to paying the artists for their hard work and covering transportation/accommodation fees. I hope to be able to bring the artists to town for my exhibition and for them to participate in the intercultural story sharing event to answer questions from the audience.
This show is a group effort. We are all interconnected and I believe that you are an important person who will give meaning to my show. With your help, this show can come alive with all of the fine details. Art will be able to open its doors for more people to contemplate on the complexities of identity and social issues. Together, we will allow the audience to come learn and take away memories that they can cherish for a lifetime.
Risks and challenges
On the first day of grad school, my professor wanted us to start brainstorming for our thesis. She asked the class, "What do you think is the biggest problem?" The answer I wrote down in my notebook was racism. When one first encounters "the other", it's common to feel uncomfortable. However, when we make the effort to learn more about each individual, we can start to open our hearts to appreciate the variety of cultures and experiences. This was the beginning of developing my concept, which has been through numerous evolutions.
Growing up with an Asian culture at home and American culture at school, it was always a struggle of choosing one culture over the other. I learned that it's important to fully embrace both, because identity is not one static thing. It is a combination of many influences. The biggest challenge of this show has been dealing with such a personal theme and trying to bring together the best combination of artists that share my vision and values. Through meaningful conversations with my artists, I have hope that this show will bridge differences and bring us closer together.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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